Posted in Champions League, FC Barcelona

CL: MSN takes Celtic to school

MSN mercilessly ripped Celtic apart last evening in the Champions League.

Coming off their shock 2-1 defeat against newly promoted La Liga side Alavés over the weekend, FC Barcelona put that aside as they ruthlessly exploited Celtic’s weaknesses to their wicked advantage.

MSN starred in this 7-0 thriller:

Messi: 3 goals, 1 assist

Suarez: 2 goals, 1 assist

Neymar: 1 goal, 4 assists

Iniesta was the other man on the scoresheet. 

I was impressed with Barcelona last evening. Yes, MSN got the job done, but the entire team did a fantastic job even Ter Stegen who saved a penalty. The Man of the Match accolade went to Leo and although I think it might have been a tie between Neymar and Leo (who scored a beautiful hattrick), I think Neymar should’ve been the MOTM. He was RELENTLESS! He was a ball of energy and he scored a STUNNING free kick. Not taking anything away from Leo though.

That was Leo’s sixth hat-trick in the CL, the most any player has scored in the European competition.

We still have a pretty long way to go, but this is a great start to our CL campaign this season.

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Posted in FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, Tournaments/Other Football

Whoa Leo! You’re something else!

Last evening, FC Barcelona beat their Catalan rivals Espanyol 4-1 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16. Lionel Messi played a role in all four goals, scoring two and assisting the other 2 (Pique & Neymar). Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan made their debuts and fared well, but it was the Messi show.

Iniesta also played a spectacular game!

Watch the goal highlights of the match below. Leo’s free kick is my goal of the week, but that visionary pass back for Neymar had me begging for more.

Posted in FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona attends commercial event

Yesterday, FC Barcelona got their new Audis at the annual Audi-sponsored event at the Camp Nou but it was all about the fun and games and look who dropped in:

I’VE MISSED YOU SO MUCH PINTO!

And NeyMessi fan boys and girls, this is a great time to get your fix.

Fan Service

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Leo v Ney: keepie uppies!

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Now here’s an inside view of the presentation:

SCENES!

Barcelona's Thomas Vermaelen attends a commercial event at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

These via fcbarcelona :

‘He did it!’

🙂

I miss the longer hair on Raki … but this works too.

Lovely shot!

Posted in FC Barcelona, La Liga

Messi have to wait another day as Barcelona win on the road

Thievy Guivane (L) and Thomas Partey of UD Almeria rob Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona of the ball  during the La Liga match between UD Almeria and FC Barcelona at estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos on November 8, 2014 in Almeria, Spain.

“I  don’t know what happened in the first half. The result is the best thing, but the goals won’t hide the things we did wrong. ”

Luis Enrique

Is Barça suffering a crisis? Every week we want them to win everything although mentally and physically they can’t and we have to accept defeats no matter how hard it maybe.

I’ve just watched Almeria host my team and I am giving Luis Suarez my MOTM award for setting up those two winning goals for Neymar and Alba. Those two assists means that Suarez has given the assist for our last three goals in the Liga and 2 went to Neymar. Look out Leo, there’s a new assist master in town.

Yes, we won 2-1 in the end – my prediction was actually correct this time! – but I don’t feel victorious. I feel as if I have been robbed. We started the game with Munir, Messi and Pedro up front. Munir had a good game today and I am not going to take away his efforts, but when you have Messi, Neymar and Suarez, you don’t start the engine of a sexy Ferrari and leave the other essential parts on the bench.

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Messi is on the verge of eclipsing a very notable record: the top scorer of La Liga and he has two goals to get there. In his game against Madrid, he didn’t really look up to it. Against Celta he hit the woodwork and today, well, he hit the woodwork and Reuben was there to deny him. Still, I love to see him smile whenever a goal is scored to help the team. I remember before Neymar came the pressure was all on him and it wore him out sometimes. With Neymar and Suarez and even the young Munir, Messi seems more relaxed and less stressed.

He’ll get there when he get there.

Neymar is hungry like a wolf and Suarez is still settling. SNM would be a threat come next half of the season. At the moment though, it looks as if Leo can do for some rest but don’t doubt the fact that there’s still goal life left in the Little Magician yet.

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona has a shot at goal during the La Liga match between UD Almeria and FC Barcelona at estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos on November 8, 2014 in Almeria, Spain.

“It’s clear we have to improve things, hope we can do it soon. But to win trophies, you also have to win bad games, crucial.”

Luis Enrique

Let’s talk about coaching FC Barcelona.

The courting period between Cules and Enrique is officially over. They loved him when he kicked off the season on a great note, but now they’re shouldering all the blame on him for the current state of the team. Are they right to serve him divorce papers if he can’t find the winning formula?

Over the years, we’ve seen FCB rise and fall and rise and fall and rise again. When Pep Guardiola came, things took a turn for the greater and stars were born/eclipsed. Guardiola was so good at doing his job, some (media, fans & critics) started to whine that it was because he already had the dream team to work for him and because FCB was an easy team to manage anyone could walk in and do Guardiola’s job with eyes close thus discrediting Guardiola’s contribution to football history.

Other coaches who came after Guardiola could tell you that that myth do not exist. Look at Enrique struggling to string together a perfect starting hungry combination. No one can easily manage a team full of stars. That’s a myth. Pep was born to manage. Enrique still has his work cut out for him. Sure, he started the season on a great note, but at times I felt as if I was watching a mediocre team struggling for a place in Europa League.

The heart of FC Barcelona lies in the midfield and if Enrique don’t tame the midfield, then he can’t tame the team. There is a faint heart beat there right now. FCB might have the possession but what is the sense of having it when they can’t seem to control it? All of a sudden Tata is looking like a genius. Teams are not afraid of us anymore. They’re getting brave in leaving the buses at home, which is a good thing, but it’ll be nice if FCB let them know their place sometimes.

Now let me show you how my relief was summed up after the second goal:

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It doesn’t matter how low we go or how high we rise, this is my team and I am going to continue to support FC Barcelona until I draw my last breath. There is still work cut out to do and Enrique can’t afford to sit back and relax. With FCB there is no such thing.

Good job this time around guys, but I want to see actual hunger next game. And kudos to Almeria for giving us a superb performance.

Posted in My Footy Stuff/Banter

Let’s play the blame game: Messi, how do you feel about that, eh?

Lionel Messi - FC Barcelona v Celta Vigo - La Liga

When things don’t go according to plan, Cules blame Messi.

And when Ney Ney came, they started to blame him too.

Neymar of FC Barcelona looks on prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou on November 1, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

But now we have someone else to blame too!

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona protests next to Sergio of Celta de Vigo during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou on November 1, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

Yes, they’re now blaming Suarez. Some Cules are too superstitious. They think we lost two of the most important games (the Clasico and Celta games) because of a certain Uruguayan starting. Give me a break.

We lost against PSG, won the Catalan Cup, lost the first Clasico of the season due to poor ass defending and we lost against Celta because at one point, a bunch of individuals was actually out there playing for themselves. Or does my eyes deceive me?

Leo started the season in fine tuned form, but he was subdued against Madrid. We later learned he played with painkillers. I don’t care about record over health. If Leo is not in form, then Leo should be resting. As for Neymar, he should be stepping up and taking charge. Leave Suarez be. I think he’s doing fine and we should give him time to settle in his new home.

How about we blame two people instead?: the fans for their nasty backstabbing, spoil behavior when things don’t go our way and the board for being the worse in our history. Give SNM a break. They’re not superhuman. If you can’t ride with us when we’re not on top of our game, then you can’t sit with us.

Leaving you with an adorable snap of father and son at the Celta game.

I’m feeling generous. Here’s more:

Neymar of FC Barcelona hugs his son Davi Lucca during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou on November 1, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

Neymar of FC Barcelona holds his son Davi Lucca during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou on November 1, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

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Posted in Reports

October Recap: Lloris is a saving grace, Neymar wows em and Lamela’s stunning goal

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This month passed by a little too slow for my liking, but I am not the Maker. I have my eyes on December. I would get some rest then and I am awfully looking forward to it.

I still keep track of Clermont and their disastrous performances week in and out. I am not seeing the improvement I yearn to see. Diacre seem to be holding back a little bit.

1. Hugo Lloris saves Spurs skin in the Europa game against Besiktas, only for one of his men to throw it all away

http://inthesafetyofhugollorisgloves.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/spurs-held-to-a-draw-after-all-hugo-lloris-heroics-efforts/

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/play-of-the-week-hugo-lloris-kick-save/

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/hugo-lloris-dont-deserve-this/

2. Neymar continues to make history with Brazil

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/it-was-just-japan-neymar/

3. Iniesta wins the Golden Foot

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/iniesta-wins-the-golden-foot/

4. Varane shines against Portugal

Portugal's Ronaldo challenges France's Varane during their friendly soccer match at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/varane-the-man-as-les-bleus-beat-portugal-at-the-stade-de-france/

5. Renovations underway at the Stade Velodrome

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/renovations-marseille-photos/

6. Stats show that Hugo Lloris has been the PL’s best goalie so far.

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http://inthesafetyofhugollorisgloves.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/article-find-hugo-lloris-has-been-the-premier-leagues-best-goalie/

7. Lacazette’s first hat trick for Lyon

Photos Foot - Joy Alexandre Lacazette / Yoann Gourcuff - 10/05/2014 - Lyon / Lille - 9th day of Ligue 1

http://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/lacazettes-trick/

8. Edinson Cavani in the hot seat, yo

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/le-parisien-interviews-cavani/

9. FC Barcelona takes their official photo for 2014/15

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/official-barca-photo-201415/

10. Messi makes dreams come true

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/beautiful-moment-messi-makes-dream-come-true/

11. A perfect 5 for Carlos Eduardo

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https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/performance-of-the-weekend-carlos-eduardo-hits-5-as-nice-romps-to-victory-over-guingamp/

12. Madrid draws first blood

Lionel Messi

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/real-madrid-rips-headless-barca-apart/

13. Lamela scores the goal of the year!

Erik Lamela of Spurs celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League group C match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Asteras Tripolis FC at White Hart Lane on October 23, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/kane-and-lamela-shines-against-asteras-tripolis-goal-of-the-year-inside/

EXTRA:

^ The Ballon d’Or shortlist is out

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/ze-ballon-dor-shortlist/

Well, that was some October! Bring on November!

Posted in My Footy Stuff/Banter

Neymar for POLICE eye wear

Neymar is the Global Eyewear Brand Ambassador for the Italian lifestyle brand, POLICE. The brand has launched the 2015 line with Neymar modelling the collection with the beautiful Mexican model, Daniela de Jesus. About the campaign, Ney said: “For me was a pleasure again to do this campaign. I really liked the style of the shooting with the motorcycle and all the clothes combining with the new sun glasses”

This is his second consecutive time doing the campaign, the first for 2014.

Let’s see those 6 shots!

Who's that girl? Starring alongside the heartthrob is Mexican model Daniela de Jesus, who has worked with GUESS, Vivienne Westwood and Abercrombie

Big time: He's won accolades such as most marketable athlete in the world and last year, The Guardian hailed him as the sixth best player in the world

Fan girls – and shy fan boys, go scream your lungs off and protest your undying love with this behind the scenes clip:

*** Thanking  &  & Daily Mail for the photos!